The Cannonball Run 1981



The plot of a cross-country road race is based on an actual event, the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, organized by Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit then in effect in the U.S. The Cannonball was named for Erwin G. "Cannonball" Baker, who in the roaring 20's rode his motorcycle across the country. Many of the characters are based on ruses developed by real Cannonball racers over the several years that the event was run.

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Articles with substantial mentioning of The Cannonball Run
David Wain, Guilty pleasures, in: Filmcomment, nr. 3 (May/June), 2012 pp. 12-13
Author:David Wain
Title:Guilty pleasures
in:
Magazine:Filmcomment
Nr.:3
Year:2012
Pp:12-13
Illustrations:  yes



The Cannonball Run
United States / Hong Kong 1981

Directed by
Hal Needham

Cast
Farrah Fawcett
Terry Bradshaw
Bert Convy
Jamie Farr
George Furth
Rick Aviles
John Fiedler
Valerie Perrine
Hal Needham

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Year:1981
Running time:95 minutes
Country:United States
Hong Kong
Language:English
Cantonese
Japanese
Arabic

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